Ericsson has joined forces with Vertiv and NorthStar to form the Ericsson Energy Alliance to drive cost-effective and sustainable service provider network evolution towards 5G, within the Ericsson Radio Site System.
The alliance brings Vertiv’s global expertise in power, thermal and infrastructure site management solutions, and Sweden-based NorthStar’s leadership in battery and energy storage solutions, into the Ericsson Radio Site System to establish a competitive ecosystem and management interface and increase the market share of the Enclosure and Power parts of the system portfolio.
Alliance partners are also combining strengths in regional sales support. They have also established a harmonised ecosystem for energy supply and storage.
Energy and climate systems are also optimised to use the minimum required energy to provide an electronic trusted environment for Ericsson Radio System products, delivering environmental as well as cost-efficiency benefits for service providers.
Future joint-development of products is being considered. More companies are also expected to join the alliance this year.
Giordano Albertazzi, president for Vertiv in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, said: “This Alliance reflects our relentless focus on R&D as a key to addressing the numerous challenges of this fast-paced digital world. The partnership with Ericsson allows our companies to join forces and achieve long-term, profitable growth by becoming even more incisive and competitive in the market.”
Hans Lidén, CEO, for NorthStar, said: “We are excited to join Ericsson in this energy alliance after 15 years of successful collaboration. The energy alliance will allow us to more effectively address and satisfy regional site needs through joint efforts with Ericsson and Vertiv. I’m convinced that we will be able to utilise our combined strengths to increase competitiveness for the benefit of our customers and our three companies.”
Nishant Batra, head of product area network infrastructure, Ericsson, said: “Network evolution begins at the site. This is a true complementary partnership.
"The alliance members are combining the best of their radio site technology, skills, and abilities to bring a broadened, more flexible, and competitive portfolio to the table to help service providers in their 5G evolution through the Ericsson Radio System."
Batra added: "We continue to onboard suppliers for additional product categories with sharp focus on sustainable energy. Service providers want and demand seamless evolution. The Ericsson Energy Alliance helps to provide that.”
Since the alliance was formed in late 2017 it has seen success in customer projects rolled out in countries such as Mexico, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and Tanzania.